World Wide Stout | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

4,804 Ratings
World Wide StoutWorld Wide Stout

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex. This Ageable Ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer.

70 IBU

Added by Todd on 01-02-2002

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Photo of MrSeth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first must thank BeerPanther for hooking me up with a bottle of this fine stout. I may not have otherwise had a chance to try it at all.

The head is that coffeeish light brown that looks so inviting on a stout. It falls in on a brew that is as black as diner coffee.

The nose is small. Slightly smoked malt is present and an alcoholic pungence hangs over it.

The taste is again slightly smoked malt, but without any of the rough edges that make smoke undesirable sometimes. This is one smooth stout! It bitters up a bit right at the finish.

You know you have a great brew when it shuts you right up and you just sit back and enjoy it... hope you do the same.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jimbo for sending this beer!

Appearance: Super dark body, massive, massive head. How can they get such a huge head with such high alcohol.
Smell: chicory, coffee, molasses
Taste: Sweet, but balanced, huge licorice, char, lowish hops for dfh. Amazing long lasting flavor.
Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, alcohol, barely noticeable (considering the 21% alcohol). I have had beers at 8% where the alcohol is more harsh.
Drinkability: This is a sipper, but a lovely, lovely sipper.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you so very much to both Naerhu and UncleJimbo for making this one possible. Thoroughly enjoyed at Naerhu's place in Osaka.
Poured a deeply opaque black, with a thin tan head. Beautiful.
There is a lot of warmth in the aroma, with coffee, molasses, chicory, a hint of liquorice....warm and inviting, if somewhat milder than expected.
Oh, wow. The first sip is unbelievable. A recent convert to good beer has a sip and says, "Wow, it's warm all the way down!"
I ask what he thinks the percentage alcohol might be.
"Eight?" he asks. I glance upward to prompt another guess. "Ten? Twelve?"
Another signal upward.
"FOURTEEN?!" he asks, in clear disbelief.
We went on like this until the truth was finally revealed. Never before have I tasted alcohol so well and so cleverly hidden. The flavour is deep, complex and, molasses, liquorice and smoky charred malts assault my senses in perfect harmony. Fantastic.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly light - not light, of course, but lighter than I expected - with a slight hint of alcohol. Exceptional on the palate.
Obviously, this isn't a beer to be consumed in quantity, but as an evening drink, to be enjoyed on par with fine brandies or ports, this is a work of art. Bravo.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, with a rocky tan head. Decent head, with good beer lace.

Smell - The initial whiff of alcohol burns my nose a little. No hops in the nose that I can detect, but there has to be some in there. Licorice aroma is strong. I also detect a musty smell, which is actually kind of nice.

Taste - Licorice taste is a heavy hitter. The flavor also calls to mind blackstrap molasses. There is definite alcohol taste. Howver, the beer is sweet and black and roasty, too.

Mouthfeel - Sticky sweet. Hufe thickness, almost syrupy.

Drinkability - Drinkable, despite the huge amount of flavor. This beer fills me up quickly.

Comments - This is an excellent, well-crafted beer. The flavors are very well blended.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable. This is everything that the Sam Adams Triple Bock aspired to...and fell short of.

Pours a deep opaque chestnut with warm brown highlights at the fringes of my Essex Troop Snifter. A sparse tan head that left some short term lacing on the sides of the glass as the beer was swirled and consumed . This is a gorgeous beer...

Aroma was deep, rich and earthy. Scents of sweet caramel malts, figs, dates currants raisins and all manner of well ripened and dried fruits. Overiding it all was the strong smell of alcohol...At 23% this was an impossibly powerful brew. More like a distilled spirit than a fermented malt beverage.

Taste was rich, sweet and impossibly spirit like. Overipe pears...pleasantly so, figs, sweet figs and sweetened dates, honey and caramel. A confection for the palate.

Felt like liquid silk on the palate. This strong brew would have put me right to sleep but for the presence of my three lovely children fighting for space in my office.

This is a prelude to, or the perfect end to a wonderful Easter Weekend. The blessings of the Lord in the forms of healthy children, a hyperactive Chocolate Labrador and the smells of my beloved making homemade candies downstairs in the kitchen.

A very nearly perfect brew, incredible and tasty.

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Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In bottle, at the Blind Tiger's vintage night. This little 12 ounce gem cost three of us beer nuts $20! But it was worth it! Black gold, nose of coffee grinds, and dark rum. Velvet on the tongue, notes of currants, expresso and charred fruit and raisins. 5 years in the bottle has left this nectar, smooth and tasty. Perfect sipper on a winter's night.

Kenny and Steve I owe you each a brew!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amazing, amazing experience indeed. Many thanks to the most hospitable BA, Junior, for allowing me to enjoy this fine elixir...

Very opaque in its appearance, I could have sworn I witnessed some hints of dark amber in this brew's presentation. The carbonation was light, and the head was of a reddish-brown, and left a thin lace along the side of the glass. Notes of black currants, chocolate, vanilla bean and even wood overtones filled my sinuses. Alcohol consumed me in the initial sip. Upon taking another sip, this thick and viscous brew enveloped the tongue, and the hints of chocolate and woodiness were prevalent.

Simply a gift from on high, without a doubt. Etherial in every sense of the word. Seek this one out and become one with beer...


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Photo of karst
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drained 3 or 4 oz of Dogfish Head motor oil - and not just any motor - black like the stuff from the crankcase of a 444 cu in. F 350 diesel after pulling the boat to the lake for a season.

2004's ridiculous amount of barley World Wide Stout has little else on the label. Clinging lace follows a quick falling dark brown head. Its alcoholic aroma and exceptional mouthfeel (chewy) back up the concise claim of OG and body.

Heavy brandy and sweet fruits that you can hold in your mouth forever with out loosing their syrup mouth feel. Flavor and aroma are a study in complexity. Cherry, dates, malt, alcohol and more!

Swirling the taster (Frankfurt Beer Sample from M*A*S*H* homebrew club) the the side hold to the dark Stout's viscosity and send up a vapor of awesome alcohol.

A heavy weight that hauls some serious alky - this big rig handles deceptively easy. Slip behind a glass and sip something truely special. Respect this beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There should be a "Triple Stout" category for this one. Bottle cap is eyecatching, with its neon green color. Served up at cellar temperature of about 50 degrees F, into a Fuller's pint glass. Pours a dark and opaque body, with a creamy, mocha brown head that lasts for several mintues. Impressive, sheet lacing is evident on the glass for the first 20 minutes of the sampling. Much better appearance than expected for such a monster brew.
Aroma: Lots of chocolate, espresso, and alcohol in the nose. Some fruity hints of plum and cherry kick up the olfactory scores a notch.
Mouthfeel: Thick and coating. Rich and full bodied, with low carbonation and some obvious alcohol burning.
Taste: The alcohol is very upfront. Dark fruitiness has a pureed prunes character. Dark roasted malt flavors of black chocolate and burnt coffee are assertive. Roasty malt bitterness, big whiskyish alcohol, and that signature DFH blend of complexity combine to produce an extraordinary sipping experience. Toward the finish, it appears to have gained a glassy appearance, and the alcohol is more burning.
Drinkability: Ha! I see no way to drink more than one of these a day, especially at $8, or more, per 12 oz bottle. This is definitely worthwhile as a stout that is worth your time(and money) to spend a relaxing winter evening with. Highly recommended to sample one now, and lay a few down for a couple of years for a special occasion. This one should rightfully become known as Dogfish Head's signature brew.

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Photo of walleye
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle 2003. poured dark brown to black, brown head. aroma, dark berries, plums, molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, some smoke amd hops. flavor, bitter sweet chocolate, cheeries, roasted malts, coffee, raisins, grapes, alcohol, hints of soy, and almost a port wine taste. glad I waited to try this and that I have another bottle

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Photo of Shaw
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little nervous trying this monster. Under the breech!

It's super black with a light brown head. It smells of roasted malt and alcohol. But the alcohol smell isn't nearly as strong as I would have thought.

The taste: Wow. A massive alcohol flavor is followed by a subtle roasted malt and syrupy taste. There's a great fiery aftertaste that burns in my mouth and belly.

This is as far from a session beer as they get. I bet it will take me an hour to drink this 12-ounce bottle. You could almost call this stout-flavored booze.

The body is slick and glassy, but what would you expect from an 18% ABV beer? The drinkability is good, but I can't see having more than one of these.

World Wide Stout is a wonderful treat and priced accordingly. A great beer from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Got this while on a trip to Buffalo, NY.

Pours darker than midnight with a thick creamy tan head. The retention is pretty long (45 second half-life) and leaves a nice lacing. This might be the darkest beer I have ever seen. Even holding it up to a bright light doesn't indicate color. Aroma is heavy sweet molasses, dark cherries, alcohol, and port wine. Taste is sweet and snooth, lots of dark flavors. Dark bakers chocolate, dark coffee, dark fruits...mmm mmm mmm dark. Lots of warmth from the alcohol, pretty intense finish.

Really glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I chugalugged this beer straight from the bottle. Just kidding. I would die. This beer was very dark brown with a tan head. Good head retention, suprising in this 18% colossus. Following the pour, I let this behemoth sit out for a while to reach optimal temperature. That wasn't easy, because it looked so tasty sitting there. Nice aroma of roasted malts, but it's overpowered by the alcohol, which burns the nose. Thick, sweet, malty roasted flavor. Burning alcohol in the throat, in a nice way. Amazingly full mouthfeel. Low carbonation. I couldn't drink more than one of these brobdingnagians, but that one sure is good.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Indigo ink blackness in a tulip with a dense taunt light brown foamy cap that is well retained, despite the mammoth ABV. Ominous black hole like pours are to be reveared.

Dark cake like scents first hit the nose. Toasted malts are detectable, but sweetsugars overtake the usual stout aromas.

First Swigs: Roasted chewy espresso malts like someone dumped coffee grinds into my brew. Awl-kee-hawl punch hits me straight in the kisser. Rummy hot, even while cooled just above fridge temps. The fusel nature gives me shivers. Over ripe vodka soaked bananas and some maraschino cherry & cocoa notes. Rock ‘n rye quality rolls on and on here. Overall, the booze takes the wheel on this out of control joyride.

Thick syrup feel. Just a slight smidge of carbonation manages to struggle free here. Needs to be at 50 degrees. Drinkability is hampered by the tongue lashing that this delivers. DFH has flexed their brewing muscles and the referee has counted to ten.

Last Swigs: Tongue numbing vodka infused stout. Goes through a rainbow of flavors while the temperature spectrum advances.
$8.25 for a 12 oz’er.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with amber hughs where the glass is not to thick. the head was about a 1/2 inch and left some lace around the rim.
the aroma was mostly alochol with malt, chocolate, coffee, and roastiness in the background.
the taste is smooth, rich, malty, some coffee, sweet, unidentified spice, cherries, vanillia, hops, minerialness.
the mouthfeel is very full what i expect from an imperial stout. but this beer is very smooth.
i could drink one of these in an evening.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So it is my shot at this legendary brew. I was expecting a "smack you in the face" taste, like when you open a fresh 120 min IPA. But no, this was pleasently surprising.
Pours a dark, oily, down right maleficent pitch color. Some head, but a surprising amount of lacing. Had an odd roasted floral scent. The taste was a wonderful mixture of (lots) of malt, deep chocolate, maybe a little cherry, and roasted coffee, with a hint pf hops in the aftertaste. And this is not to forget the very much appernt alchohol taste. But the mixture of malt and the alchohol taste make for a rather pleasent combinate, sublte, and surprisingly drinkable.
All in all, I reallly enjoyed it, a perfect cold winter night beer. good show indeed by the DFH boys

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Photo of longarm
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black-a-vised froth,
cascades aphotic, see.

Diaphanously sweet,
prunes then figs, smell.

Spirituously warm,
fades alc'ol, taste.

Sublimely smooth,
layers in grooves, feel.

Dangerously sharp,
uncut obsidian, bold.

Black singularity,
orbits decrease, dense.

Majestically stout,
extol imper'al, one.

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Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shippos for this brew, and thanks to BIF 10 for the opportunity.

Pours out deep mahogony and sits nearly black in the glass with only a bit of crimson showing through at the edges. A good sized brown head forms and fades to a light skim, decorating the sides of the glass with thin streams of lace.

Smells intensely roasty, billowing out from the immense amount of alcohol rising out from within. Takes a few hairs out of you nose, but it quite pleasant. An almost faux-banana aroma comes out, with hints of vanilla as well. Deeply roasted coffee and chocolate simmer around. Interesting blend of aromas, very intriguing.

Tastes immensely roasty, but also overpoweringly potent. Alcohol sears the sides of the tounge and warms the entire mouth while giving off a wide array of fruit ester flavors: raisins, dates, prunes, and again, that faux banana just jiving in the one knows what up with him. Over zealous chocolate demands attention, which it is promptly given, as it offers the best releif to that initial shock of alcohol. Brown sugar, oh so sweet and dark, is melted down to a syrupy consistency and upon entering your mouth sticks itself to your teeth like the caramel it has become. It's not all sweets, and sharp and almost tangy hop presence brings in some lemony citrus flavors and gives off a fair amount of grassy flavors as well. Finish is mildly bitter, and flavors stay true after swallowing, mellowing out, but never lose a step.

Completely thick and syrupy, so fantastically smooth in the mouth. Silk holds no edge to this. Carbonation is fine and soft-spoken, never getting in the way.

I could honestly enjoy this beer everyday, until I finally had to sell my wallet, and the clothes on my back to buy a bottle. However, its allure is also it's downfall, and the alcoholic content simply destroys your insides. I'm torn. It's a fabulous beer, but I don't think I could bring myself to want to adore it for every one of its nuances. I'll take one on the side, but not up front.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into my tulip glass it pours like black oil with some light ruby hints also. The head is about 2 fingers high, but then dissipates after a pretty violent pour. Smell is mainly chocolate, toffee, and sweet cherries on aroma. I even pull some almonds and roasty malts from it as well. A subtle alcohol tingle hits my sinuses as well with this one. Taste is of smooth cherries along with lots of chocolate and alcohol. I also catch some raisins and coffee tones before the swallow, which was mainly cherries. The aftertaste is of chocolate-covered cherries and is very nice. Pretty complex! Feel is Chewbacca chewy; very tough, heavy, and kicks your ass! Even though the alcohol is pretty apparent thoughout, it is decently smooth as well- balance pretty well for a brew with an 18% abv. I liked having one. I think 2 would be too much for anyone. However, this is probably my favorite brew on the planet, and DFH never ceases to amaze me with a quality WW Stout!

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Photo of carln26
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came from the bottle an inky black with subtle ruby highlights. I was using an over-sized wine glass (DFH in fact) and this particular glass often subdues the beer keeping a good head from forming. That was the case this time. Judging by the clingy lace, it would form a decent sized one in a shaker glass. The nose is very subtle. Roasted malt, chocolate, hints of black cherry, and just a little licorice. Just a slight citrus finish. The taste is more subtle than I expected too. The chocolate, a little coffee, and with the coffee, the licorice evolves into chicory. There is a mild alcohol warming, and a just as mild hop bite. Very smooth mouth feel, but not as velvety as I had hoped. Still this is a very drinkable (and potent) stout.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the other day at Chesapeake Wine on Boston St. I’ve held back from purchasing this in the past due to the amazingly high price. But, there was good press and I’ve only historically been let down once with any DFH brew. Presentation was in a dark 12 oz bottle with the typical DFH labeling—stoic, but well done. Bottling year notched on the side. Due to the crazy high ABV, this monster may be good for a decade or so in my basement. I’ll need to purchase a few others, and see how she ages.

Pours a thick, black, opaque ink that appears to have sucked away the light. Basically I’m going to go on a limb and say that it is the blackest that I have seen to date. Head was dark brown and short lived, but actually more than I had expected with the high ABV, with sheets of lacing
Sweet brown sugar aroma, accented with espresso, alcohol, and dark malt
Tastes like a liquid version of coffee and chocolate covered berries soaked in alcohol. The first sip ended with a distinct bitter baker’s chocolate or coffee grounds-like flavor. Otherwise, there was a malt sugary flavor that complemented the bitterness well. Overall, quite monstrous and almost overwhelming, but well done. Many of the other big stouts go completely overboard with the bitterness, basically blasting away all the other flavors. This is extremely well crafted and allows you to experience the mix.
Heavy molasses type mouthfeel, much like a fine rum or port, ended up finishing slightly bitter with not much alcohol warmth—which came later as a warmed head. The alcohol itself is highly deceptive, except for the heavy flavor. Not a beer to drink prior to driving somewhere.
Ended up sipping it while studying for an upcoming mid-term. Went well by itself, but also with a steak salad and with chocolate. A special beer, not drinkable all the time, but one that would come back to, if allowed.

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Photo of kegerator
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enojyed this one.
poured out a deep thick black with little to no head.
smell was big raisins and port.
taste was quite sweet, rasiny and port, very sweet, almost no bitternss at all to balance. still very tasty indeed
mouthfeel was very silky no carbonation was noticeable
all in all a very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed 02/02/05

I have several years of these in my collection and it took some courage to finally crack one of these beasts. I think having this on tap at the brewpub helped to ease some of the tension. I poured this out into my LaTrappe Quad goblet, surprisingly close in shape to the snifter used at the brew-pub. The body of this beer is the expected, absolutely impenetrable black, the small bit of foam I was able to coax out of this beer though is surprisingly white. That said, even an aggressive pour yielded the tiniest head which quickly receded to nothing but a thin rim about the edge of the glass. The nose is syrupy sweet with malt aromas, the sweetness eclipses the charred malt aromas you’d expect (they are present though). They are however complemented by some unexpected, yet lovely notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, sugar cookies and oak (honestly I doubt this beer spends any time in oak but I detect in none-the-less). Most surprisingly the alcohol aromas are faint, what is present is very port-like. Sticky sweet malt is greets my palate initially, a company of flavors rush to join in. Fruit flavors (cherry, berries, plum) The middle is molasses thick with flavor notes of the same. The bitterness levels seem moderate, but I’m sure if there wasn’t the huge sweetness to balance out they’d be a lot more robust. The finish resonates bitterly and with sharp jabs of sour cherry and spicy alcohol (much less than you’d expect). What an amazing beer, if only it wasn’t so damn expensive I’d have it much more often. Honestly I think the best deal is having it at the brew-pub for $5 instead of paying up to $8 for a bottle. Try this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at anam cara for the dogfishead pre EBF party..

Let me be the first to say that this is a completely different brew on draft than in the bottle.. Pours a deep opaque black with no head whatsoever. Aromas are a mix of chocolate and a slight roast mixed with dark fruits and a sake like alcohol tone. The flavor to this brew is just incredible. Up front a nice dosage of chocolate and molasses with a decent amount of sweetness (no where near as sweet as the bottled version). There is a slight vinous characteristic to this brew followed by some raisin and plum like flavors. The finish is absolutely beautiful with a firm roast and chocolate bite with a warming alcohol that fills the gullet. There is also a slight hop bitterness as well. The body to this brew is majestically creamy and full, with a carbonation that subtle yet just right. To top things off there is no easier drinking impy stout than this one which makes it quite dangerous. Overall this brew was the highlight of the night for me (way better than the three year old bottled versions of this brew), and it was soo good that I had 5 4oz samples. Absolutely perfect in every way.

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Photo of Wonka
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz.
Packaged in ’03
Released in early winter
21%alc 80 IBU
Purchased at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance: solid black; the light brown tiny bubbles pop away quickly as expected with the massive ABV

Smell: fruity, prune, plum, oily, mild alcohol

Taste: roasted barley, caramel, rum, subdued alcohol early, molasses, malty; aftertaste is fruity early, light chocolate, some bitterness, alcohol cleans the palate a bit and cuts into smoothness, roasted late; light fruit crispness really late

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: body is rich through most but thins out at the backend due to the potent alcohol; carbonation and oily nature bring on pleasant smoothness; after the last sip, WWS hits you like a ton of bricks…or a ton of feathers for that matter

This is an impressive brew. 4.5's across the board. Wow. Kudos to Governor Carper for allowing Dogfish to distribute, the Prez of Dogfish Sam Calagione, head brewer Bryan Selders and beer crafters Kevin Sondey and Kent Templeton.

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World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 4,804 ratings.
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